Psychology

Latest Psychological Research on Attraction and Infidelity Answers the Question - Can 'Eye Candy' Always be Resisted?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

When it comes to infidelity it seems there are strong parallels to battling enticement in other areas of life, for example resisting fattening foods. How faithful your partner is likely to be might be predicted by their general ability to exert self-control.

The Latest Psychological Research Suggests Daydreams Hold the Secret of Happiness

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

No matter how gregarious you are, a substantial part of each day is typically spent with little positive social activity, and separated from close significant others, for example, being at work.

It Wasn't Me, It Was My Chimp

Katie Leach | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Leach

This model explains why you react a certain way in certain situations. It's not how you the human would behave, but the inner chimp or computer takes over and you carry out an action based on jumping to a conclusion rather than the human side of the brain that would look for facts.

Mother's Day Thoughts: The Politics of Loving

Sally Fraser | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

On those days when we sob silently into our shortbread, when we feel under-appreciated, unloved, unvalued, not just by our kids (because we can handle that) but by the whole sodding rest of the world, perhaps we should reflect on why that might be the case.

How I Rescued My Brain

David Roland | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Roland

In July 2009, early one morning, I was wandering around the house fully dressed when I asked my wife (she later told me): "What am I supposed to be do...

If You Find Noisy Colleagues Annoying, You Might Be A Genius

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If the sound of your colleague munching on crisps drives you barmy, you could be a genius. That's according to new research, which has uncovered a ...

Looking for Meaning in Your Life? There's No App for That.

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Aaron Balick

In today's results driven, evidenced based, now-now-now culture, the idea of a 'slow burn' psychotherapy is much maligned. If people have problems, they want them fixed, if people have questions, they want them answered. But what about those problems you can't quite put your finger on?

Oh Do Behave! How to Behave Your Way to the Life You Want With Acceptance and Committed Action

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

If we want relationships we have to boldly face the vulnerabilities that come with dating. If we want to excel in the corporate world we have to make room for fears around public speaking. How willing are you to 'behave your way' to the life that really matters to you?

We Can Improve the Lives of People Affected By Autism Through Research

Dr James Cusack | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Dr James Cusack

My hope is that we can now harness this focus towards the furthering of our knowledge of autism through research. We urgently require evidence-based interventions for autism, but yet the standards of research to support interventions fall significantly below that of other medical conditions.

Animals Acting Suspiciously Like Humans

Frontier | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Frontier

We've all heard dogs cry or seen monkeys smile and laugh, but there are some skills we thought no other animals had... most of the time, we were wrong. From tools to fire, from clothes to food seasoning, here are some animals which display "human" characteristics.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

Owning the Oneness

Anupriya Dwivedi | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anupriya Dwivedi

I stopped analysing a long time ago if the question was an enviously malicious put-down or a genuine, earnest search for content. Either way the answer is usually, "No one. Just me." And those words fuel me.

Could Being More Spontaneous Change Your Relationship?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The funny thing about falling love is that the act is probably one of the most spontaneous things you’ll ever do in your life. You’ll spontane...

Urinals and "Man Blanking"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

I acknowledge the annoyance that some of you might have with men. But what I do find interesting in all the irritation directed at the male sex is the shrinking space available for men to just be themselves.

Don't Walk this Way - How Your Steps Tell Psychopaths who to Attack

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

One specific type of body language that reliably distinguishes victims from non-victims is gait. A previous study found prison inmates who had been convicted of sexual assault identified targets as vulnerable because of certain motions within their walk.

The 11 Truths Sufferers of Depression Will Understand (and Others Should Too)

Tayana Simons | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Whilst a rational mind would say sorry to the friend, and forgive themselves, you have a little voice in your ear that tells you that it's because you're a bad friend, employee, or person, and that 'you don't deserve to be happy, ever!'

Five Ways That Mental Illness Changes You (for the Better)

Tayana Simons | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

It's no secret that the public perception of mental illness is unfortunately still pretty negative. A person who has previously suffered with an episode of mental illness can be seen as 'delicate' or 'unstable', even after they have recovered.

Could These 36 Questions Help You Find 'The One'?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Wouldn't it be great if we could skip all those terrible, cringe-worthy dates and find true love in one afternoon? According to psychologist Arthur...

How Can You Keep Your New Year Resolutions?

Lucy Maddox | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

New Year's Resolutions were originally promises to the Roman God Janus, who looked both backwards and forwards in time. Of all of us who make these promises, research suggests only one in five stick to them.

Satirical Magazine Staff Murdered in Paris - Can Psychology Explain why Satire Provokes Violence?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

When people feel especially threatened, they do tend to respond in a particularly hostile manner. The sense of threat shapes their perceptions, plus explains their reactions.

Why You Won't Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Andy Gibson | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Gibson

Resolutions essentially come into the category of goal-setting. We often make them for things that we have been putting off, such as learning a language or quitting smoking. Quite often they are things for which we have a long-term incentive, like our health or our career prospects, but no reason to do it right now

Is It Really Possible To Have A Happy New Year?

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fearghas Kelly

Throughout 2007, the psychologist Richard Wiseman tracked over three-thousand people attempting to achieve a wide range of resolutions. Come December 31st, 88% of them had failed; and there is a wealth of juicy scientific and psychological nuggets to explain why.

Three Reasons Why Lawyers Are Miserable

Adele Barlow | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Adele Barlow

In my own experience of talking to disillusioned lawyers, I found the greatest challenge was getting them to accept that there might be other professional paths available to them. It was like perfectionism was preventing them from admitting that they might have failed to pick the best career.

Managing Our Minds: The Economic Case for Investment in Mental Health

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

Mental health is an economic problem. It is a problem that this country cannot afford to ignore. While we have made considerable progress in the last decade, mental health continues to be a sensitive issue.

Saving Computer Files 'Frees Up' New Space In Your Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Tech

Saving a computer file appears to improve your human memory, a scientific study suggests. The act of recording something artificially appears to "f...